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West Michigan Photography Workshops

We are fortunate to have many talented photographers present photography workshops throughout the year in a variety of popular Michigan destinations.

Todd and Brad Reed Photography

Todd and Brad Reed offer Photography Workshops throughout the year. Picture Perfect Weekend Workshops are for total beginners as well as seasoned professionals who have been shooting for decades. All photographers will learn and benefit from the Picture Perfect Workshops. Todd and Brad cover many technical aspects of photography, including shutter speed, F-stops and aperture, ISO, depth of field, etc. Their goal is to teach people how to make better choices with their own camera…and to have a thrilling experience while learning.

Picture Perfect Weekend Workshops

Lamplighter Bed & Breakfast- 602 E. Ludington Ave., Ludington

May 3rd-5th AND October 25th-27th, 2024

  • Cost is $450 which includes food and refreshments. The Lamplighter does offer a reduced room rate for all Reed students and those who stay will also receive a free 14″ matted print of choice from Todd & Brad Reed Photography. Space is limited to nine participants and room reservations should be made by calling the Lamplighter at (231) 843-9792.


In order to be eligible for future photography workshops, the participant must have already taken the Picture Perfect Weekend Workshops or be on file as the person who participated in the video series. 

Students pose with their instructors at one of the workshops. | Photo by Todd & Brad Reed Photography

Heaven on Hamlin Workshop

3795 N. Lakeshore Dr., Ludington

August 16th-18th, 2024

You must have taken either the virtual or in-person version of the Picture Perfect Weekend Workshop to attend this class. Cost is $795 that includes a $250 non-refundable deposit. Class is limited to the first seven students. Participants stay at a home on Hamlin Lake, offering a great opportunity for a high level of personal interaction between photographers. You will have your own bedroom and several bathrooms are available. Lodging, all meals, and workshop fees are included in the price. The home has steep stairs and, during the outside portion of the workshop, participants will be hiking/walking on sand, dunes, etc. The main portion of the shooting experience is on a pontoon boat.

What to Bring to the Picture Perfect Weekend Workshop:

  • At least 6 different prints (any size) of your best work for critique. These must be printed out on paper or photo paper. They can be your favorite shots, even if they didn’t turn out. We can help you figure out what went wrong.
  • A camera (film or digital) and instruction manual.
  • Bring lots of batteries for your own kind of camera. Remember that cool evenings on Lake Michigan can eat up battery life.
  • A working tripod that works with your own camera would be strongly advised.
  • Dress for the elements. It can get pretty cool on Lake Michigan, even during the summer.
  • Good hiking shoes for walking in the sand and on the water’s edge is recommended for people who get cold feet. Waterproof boots are recommended.
  • A good hat that you can put in your pocket and taken out in case you need to protect yourself from the winds coming off Lake Michigan.
  • And, of course, gloves that are easy to take on and off while you are taking pictures are also recommended.

Private Lessons by Todd & Brad Reed

Todd & Brad Reed also offer private lessons. Cost is $100 per hour with a minimum of four hours (at a single time, cannot be split). This would be for one of the two photographers to give the private lesson. Availability is very limited. Email for more information or to schedule private lessons.

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